Ames Pet Hospital of Ames Offers Exceptional Surgical Care for Pets
Whether you are bringing your pet in for a spay or neuter or visiting for a major orthopedic surgery, your pet will benefit from our state-of-art technology, as well as our skilled Ames Pet Hospital surgeon. We will ensure that your pet's surgery is both effective and as pain-free as possible.
We are proud to offer laser surgery for many procedures as a progressive new option for our clients who want the safest and least painful treatment for their pets. Benefits include:
- Less Pain- The laser seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Your pet will feel less pain after surgery.
- Less Bleeding- the laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, resulting in less bleeding and quicker procedures.
- Less Swelling- With laser technology, only light comes into contact with the tissue, causing minimal swelling.
- Extreme Precision- The laser enables us to only affect or remove the target tissue, leaving the healthy surrounding tissue untouched.
- Reduced Risk of Infection- The high heat of laser energy kills bacteria and micro-organisms as it moves through diseased areas, reducing the chance of infection.
- Quicker Recovery- For all of the above reasons, your pet is likely to feel less discomfort after surgery, and return home to normal activities sooner.
Although we offer many surgical services, some of the most common procedures performed at our vet clinic include dental cleanings, spays and neuters, declaws, soft tissue surgeries, mass removals, orthopedic surgeries, and abdominal surgeries.
Dr. Mack performing an Ovariohysterectomy on Millie
Surgeries are scheduled in the mornings of Monday through Friday with drop off times between 7:30-9:00 am. Upon arrival for surgery at our animal hospital, we will check in your pet and weigh him or her prior to the procedure. Consent forms will be signed for the procedures being performed.
Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet. Before placing your pet under anesthesia, our veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that could complicate the procedure and compromise the health of your pet.
Because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone will not identify all of your pet's health problems, we strongly recommend that a pre-anesthetic blood profile and EKG of the heart be performed prior to anesthesia. The tests we recommend are similar to and equally as important as those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia.
It is important to understand that pre-anesthetic testing does not guarantee the absence of anesthetic complications. It may, however, greatly reduce the risk of complications as well as identify medical conditions that could require medical treatment in the future.
Our anesthesiologists are well trained and monitor your pet from the start of the procedure through to the recovery. We use the same anesthesia monitoring equipment found in human hospitals including: pulse oximetry, temperature monitoring, respiratory rate, and heart rate. Our patients are only under anesthesia as long as necessary. Our veterinarian will assess every patient before deciding an anesthetic plan for each individual. Isoflurane is the main anesthesia used to maintain surgical plane during the procedure. Our anesthetic machines are well maintained, checked daily, and undergo routing cleaning.
Post Op Care
Following the surgery, one of our team members will call you with an update. Release times are generally between 4:00-6:00 pm the same day for most surgeries. During your pick up time, our team member will provide you with all of the necessary information for helping your pet through the healing process. You will receive your pet's pain medications at this time and any instructions on post op care for home, and we many also schedule a follow-up appointment for a later date to ensure all incisions have healed properly and remove any skin sutures.
Call us today at 515-292-8885 to answer your questions and schedule your pet's surgery!